Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Affordable Housing In Remsen
Plymouth County, Iowa

Guide To Affordable Housing in Remsen, Iowa

There are 0 low income housing apartment communities offering 0 affordable apartments for rent in Remsen, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in Remsen, Iowa

Remsen features 0 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Remsen, Iowa

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Remsen.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Remsen, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Remsen landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in Remsen.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Remsen, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $618 and $756.

2020 Remsen, Iowa Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Fair Market Rent $448 $564 $687 $991 $996
Payment Standard Range $403 to $493 $508 to $620 $618 to $756 $892 to $1,090 $896 to $1,096

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Remsen, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 0
Total Low Income Apartments 0
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 0
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 19.97%
Average Renter Household Size 2.24
Average Household Size 2.62
Median Household Income $51,339 ±$1,359
Median Rent $641 ±$43
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.88% ± 14.85pp
Total Population 1,878

Population and Household Demographics

Remsen is a city in Plymouth County, Iowa with a population of 1,878. There are 696 households in the city with an average household size of 2.62 persons. 19.97% of households in Remsen are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Remsen

The median gross income for households in Remsen is $51,339 a year, or $4,278 a month. The median rent for the city is $641 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Remsen, a household making less than $2,137 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.88% of households who rent are overburdened in Remsen.

Area Median Income In Remsen

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Remsen, the AMI is calculated from all households within Plymouth County.

In Remsen, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Remsen

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Remsen

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,650 $19,000 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,700 $31,650 $35,600 $39,550 $42,750 $45,900 $49,050 $52,250
80% of Median $44,350 $50,650 $57,000 $63,300 $68,400 $73,450 $78,500 $83,600